What is One Day School (ODS)?
How does it work?
How will my child benefit from ODS?
What do children do at ODS?
Why is the ODS effective?
Who can enrol?
How many children in a class?
How does it fit in with regular school?
Can homeschooled children enrol?
How do I know if the programme
will suit my child/pupil?
What does it cost?
What is the assessment process?
Where can I find a ODS?
How do we start the enrolment process?
is One Day School?
One Day School is about a sense of adventure - keeping
alive the joy and excitement of learning
One Day School is about challenge and satisfaction
- stretching mind and imagination as far as they will
One Day School is about acceptance - discovering that
it's okay to be gifted, and finding that there are
others like you
One Day School is about partnership - teachers, parents
and Centre staff working together to find satisfying
solutions for the needs of gifted children
Day School is a research-based programme specially
developed by leading New Zealand practitioners to
provide for the diverse needs of the gifted learner.
does it work?
enrolled in One Day School spend one full school day
every week at one of our venues, working with other
children of about the same age and high ability level,
under the guidance of one of our specially trained
do children benefit from One Day School?
One Day School children benefit by:
being accepted and understood by peers
having genuine intellectual and creative challenge
doing work matched to the child's level of ability
having time to explore topics in greater depths and
from many different perspectives
an opportunity to learn, practise and consolidate
advanced learning skills
an opportunity to study related and complementary
subject areas together - not restricted to a narrow
support in developing self esteem and relationship skills
through meeting and working with other children who
have similar attitudes and responses
having an opportunity to explore individual interests
encouragement to develop a high level of motivation
being in smaller class sizes, for maximum individual
do children do at One Day School?
activities at One Day School are based on the REACH
model, and draw on strategies like Philosophy for
Children and the Conceptual Curriculum.
a normal classroom programme, One Day School is not
divided into specific curriculum areas. Instead, children
work in depth throughout the day, and sometimes across
several days, on a specific theme.
theme is a way of looking at a topic which ranges
across a number of curriculum areas. showing how different
areas of knowledge relate to each other. It also helps
children to think in depth about the topic, discovering
the underlying concepts and discussing important questions
and issues related to the topic.
other words, themes support gifted children in exploring
those "why" and "what if" questions
that so intrigue and fascinate them.
Lessons built around themes are designed to:
involve very advanced high-interest challenges to
children's thinking and imagination
lots of choices across research, experiment, construction,
design, problem-solving and creative and artistic
production and invention
encourage the development of independent learning
skills and nurture confidence, self esteem and the
building of friendships
provide for a range of different individual interests
and areas of ability
and ... they are fun!
Examples of themes explored at One Day School......
The nature of time; black holes; career
opportunities in Ancient Egypt; knot theory;
Whalerider; designing a street; making
a bicycle with square wheels that works; understanding
DNA; building your own country ... and then
is One Day School effective?
in gifted education recommend a thematic approach
with gifted children, because it:
allows them to work in real depth and without interruption
provides for children with different areas of interest
and exceptional ability
helps them integrate different realms of knowledge
and understanding, and see how these support each
creates opportunities for them to explore issues of
creates opportunities for cooperative working, and
allows them to experience a genuine partnership in
encourages decision-making and other independent learning
One Day School works because it is based on a real
understanding of the gifted child as a whole person
- it cares for the child's emotional and social development
as well as for his or her intellectual development.
One Day School staff base their approach on the best
of research and experience in this field; many are
themselves parents of gifted children and bring this
extra insight to their work at One Day School.
who have exceptional ability in at least one area
of learning, thinking or doing.
Broadly speaking, this means a child who has the potential
to perform in at least the top 5% in his or her area
of ability, although he or she may not currently be
performing at that level at school.
Children can start at One Day School when they are
six, and can continue until the end of Year 8. The
sooner we can identify and place a child, the more
we can help that child have a smooth passage through
many children in a class?
classes (that is, our six and seven year olds) are
limited to 12 children. Older classes have a maximum
of 15 children. These limits are strictly observed.
does it fit in with regular school?
Day School is designed to work in partnership with
schools. Many schools actually initiate referrals
themselves. Classroom teachers as well as parents
receive a weekly information sheet, a newsletter at
least once a year, and two individualised reports
Children attending One Day School are, on Ministry
advice, marked "present" at school.
homeschooled children enrol?
do I know if the programme will suit my child/pupil?
child applying for One Day School goes through a gentle
but comprehensive assessment process to ensure that
this is the right option for them. Our Enrolment Pack
gives you full information about this. As a starting
point, read How do I know if my child/pupil is gifted?
in our Parents section.
does it cost?
Centre is a non-profit Charitable Trust and sets fees
at a cost recovery level only. The fee is $65 per
day, however some funding may be available for partial
fee subsidies. Centre staff continually apply for
funding grants to provide as many fee subsidies as
schools are willing to part subsidise this cost. The
Centre also actively seeks scholarship funding and
currently has just over ten percent of its students
on full scholarships. It supports applications by
individual parents to service clubs and other agencies
for funding assistance.
will do everything we can to make One Day School affordable
for you. Although fees are due in full at the beginning
of each semester, please do not hesitate to talk about
alternative payment arrangements.
is also an initial assessment fee of $285, due on
the day of assessment. This does not have to be paid
all at once if this is difficult for you.
is the assessment process?
One Day School programme is tailored to meet
the intellectual, social and emotional needs of gifted
students within an intellectually stimulating environment
where they work alongside and interact with gifted
others of their own age.
purpose of arranging an assessment for your child
through the Gifted Education Centre is to gauge their
'fit' with the One Day School programme. This requires
the analysis and interpretation of a range of historical
material, parent and teacher questionnaires, standardized
testing, a review of any previous reports from other
professional service providers, and an interview -
a truly comprehensive assessment.
there are occasions that this process uncovers underlying
issues requiring attention, this must be seen from
the outset as incidental, rather than the true purpose.
working with the Gifted Education Centre are trained
in the administration and interpretation of our preferred
standardized assessment tool, the Woodcock Johnson
Tests of Cognitive Abilities - Version III (WJIII).
Further they are experienced, knowledgeable and empathetic
with the specific needs of gifted children.
assessment process begins with the posting to the
parents of an enrolment pack. This has information
about the programme we offer and the process itself.
It has a parent questionnaire for parents to complete
and send back to us with a couple of their child's
work samples and payment for the assessment, also
a teacher questionnaire for parents to pass to their
regular school teacher who posts this directly back
to the Centre.
the above forms/paperwork are all received, we create
a file for the child and we phone parents to arrange
for an appointment for the assessment. Please be aware
that this collation and setting of an appointment
can take a few weeks. If your child is homeschooled,
please note the teacher questionnaire accordingly
and return it with the parent questionnaire.
is our endeavor to contact you to arrange the assessment
within 10 days of all paperwork being received. Assessments
are carried out during normal office hours, and take
1½ - 2 hours.
assessment is carried out 1:1 with the child although
parents are invited initially for an overview of what
it will involve and again at the end for feedback
and an outcome regarding One Day School.
1:1 part of the assessment consists of an interview
discussing with the child what they are interested
in and what they like to do in their own time, also
touching on school and friendship issues gently. It
is very child-centred. We then move on to do Cognitive
Ability Testing (WJIII). From the child's perspective,
it is not unlike puzzles and quizzes and they seem
to enjoy it considerably. It measures aspects such
as Verbal Ability, Thinking or Reasoning Ability,
Memory, Processing Speed and Phonemic Awareness.
full WJIII tool consists of an achievement battery
and a separate cognitive battery. To meet the criteria
for entry to One Day school we use the cognitive battery
To gauge giftedness and appropriateness for the gifted
programme a 'big picture' approach is taken into account
and regardless of outcome we ensure the assessment
experience is enjoyable and beneficial to the child
assessed and insightful to the parents/caregivers.
If One Day School is not deemed appropriate, for whatever
reason, then the child's strength's will be shared
and more appropriate recommendations made. If there
are any areas of concern/relative weakness appropriate
referral will be made in this regard also, for example,
SPELD, Behavioural Optometry or specialist tutoring.
can I find a One Day School?
our contacts page for details of current venues in
different parts of New Zealand.
venues are added each year. We welcome enquiries from
parents and schools about our future plans or with
an interest in assisting us reach your area.
do we start the enrolment process?
our contacts page and email or phone one of our offices
or your nearest coordinator to ask for an Enrolment